‘I forgot how it feels’ – Klopp eager for more clean sheets after Bournemouth shutout

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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s first clean sheet in 14 games created a buzz in the dressing room and has challenged his players to repeat the trick to reach the Champions League knockout stages.

The in-form Reds ruthlessly tightened their grip on top spot by making it 33 Premier League games unbeaten with Saturday’s convincing 3-0 success at struggling Bournemouth.

Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah earned another important victory, which was built on the club’s first shutout since September 28.

European champions Liverpool must on Tuesday avoid defeat at RB Leipzig to guarantee progress to the Champions League last 16 and manager Klopp is eager for another solid defensive display.

“I forgot actually how it feels, to be honest. It’s great, we should have that more often,” Klopp said of not conceding.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 7, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) celebrates with team-mate Joe Gomez after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“For the boys, that was the most used word in the dressing room when I came in, ‘clean sheet, clean sheet, clean sheet’.

“Obviously everybody was desperate for that and now we have it, so let’s have it more often.

“The next game where a clean sheet would be useful is already around the corner, against Salzburg on Tuesday. It feels good.”

The clean sheet coincided with first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s return from a one-match suspension, although he did not have a save to make against a team which has now suffered five successive defeats and sits a point above the drop zone.

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